- the promised and expected deliverer of the Jewish people.
- Jesus Christ, regarded by Christians as fulfilling this promise and expectation. John 4:25, 26.
- (usually lowercase) any expected deliverer.
- (usually lowercase) a zealous leader of some cause or project.
- (italics) an oratorio (1742) by George Frideric Handel.
Origin of Messiah
Examples from the Web for messiahship
Historical Examples of messiahship
They need to stand by the grave of no Lazarus to be certified as to His Messiahship.Memories of Bethany
John Ross Macduff
He pointed John to the fulfilment of these prophecies in proof of his Messiahship.Usury
Synoptics: He did not announce his Messiahship until late in his ministry.The Christ
John Eleazer Remsburg
Yet we do not find that he had as yet formed any distinct conception of his own Messiahship.The Unseen World and Other Essays
Sabbata's disciples declared that Nathan had dug up a part of the ancient writing, wherein Zevi's Messiahship was testified.History of the Jews, Vol. V (of 6)
- Judaism the awaited redeemer of the Jews, to be sent by God to free them
- Jesus Christ, when regarded in this role
- an exceptional or hoped for liberator of a country or people
Word Origin for Messiah
c.1300, Messias, from Late Latin Messias, from Greek Messias, from Aramaic meshiha and Hebrew mashiah "the anointed" (of the Lord), from mashah "anoint." This is the word rendered in Septuagint as Greek Khristos (see Christ). In Old Testament prophetic writing, it was used of an expected deliverer of the Jewish nation. The modern English form represents an attempt to make the word look more Hebrew, and dates from the Geneva Bible (1560). Transferred sense of "an expected liberator or savior of a captive people" is attested from 1660s.